2023 ALB China 区域市场排名：
Building a strong team to maximize professional services
--Interview with Zhang Lei of Dacheng Shenyang Office and Rising Lawyer of 2023 ALB China Ranking: Circum-Bohai Sea Area
A veteran in the real estate and construction business, Zhang Lei was elected in 2022 as the deputy director of Dacheng Shenyang Management Committee for her outstanding leadership, professionalism, as well as quality and innovative services. She is the youngest member of the office management. Ms. Zhang has also been active on association activities in giving back to the community.
ALB: What are your observations and experiences about legal services in the real estate and construction sector?
Zhang Lei: The sector is critical to the national economy and the people's livelihood, and infrastructure investment has been a key economic driver in China. Our business suffered from the recent downturn in the real estate and construction sector. However, I believe that opportunities come along with challenges. A vast market is created for new legal services such as EPC, the agent-construction system, and whole process engineering consulting. Faced with even more complicated legal services, lawyers should expand their knowledge base to include more industry rules and expertise before they can serve clients the best.
I often advise clients to introduce legal services from the beginning, i.e. bidding and contracting process. Our team attaches great importance to the non-litigation business as we try to forestall potential disputes and provide target solutions even before disputes arise.
We also develop market-oriented legal service products. For example, some classic cases have been translated into products with supporting product manuals, handbooks, and operating procedures, an easy-to-understand display to clients of how disputes are resolved.
ALB: What are your tips and "highlights” in leading your team as the youngest member of the office management?
Zhang Lei: The era of lawyers fighting solo has passed. I have built a professional team “Yucheng” of more than 20 experienced members, including lawyers, senior engineers, supervising engineers, asset appraisers, and real estate managers. Our team has been recognized by many clients for demonstrating more professional industry insights than their insiders and preparing project cost reports. By pooling wisdom and strength, our team works to help our clients succeed and defend their interests, which builds their trust in us.
We have a foreign-related case heard at first instance in Liaoning High People's Court and at second instance in the headquarters of the Supreme People's Court. Our professional and language advantages have secured success in both instances and the case was included in the "Opinions and Practical Comments on Civil and Commercial Cases of the Supreme People's Court".
ALB: How will you move forward with your team?
Zhang Lei: In terms of business, I will continue to help Dacheng integrate resources in general and premium services. While advising on clients, I will prioritize efficient non-litigation solutions and find the quickest and most cost-effective way to initiate a lawsuit when it is necessary. I will work toward professionalism and excellence in everything I do.
In addition, I will continue to take part in provincial and municipal association activities, do my job as a lawyer in China’s efforts to build a rule of law society, and grow Dacheng's team of volunteer lawyers who are committed to helping those in need with our public legal services. I want to be someone who can always bring warmth and happiness to the people around.